Detail of Into Bondage. Oil on Canvas by Aaron Douglas. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 pm

Ages 16 & Up: President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, which declared “that all persons held as slaves [in the Southern states which had seceded] …are, and henceforward shall be free.” But for enslaved people in remote areas of Texas, it would be two more years before they were told that their freedom had been granted. Learn more about the origins of this “second Independence Day” and how local Black communities have celebrated it through the years.

Backs of three girls, hands clasped above their, sunny day outside
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 pm

Ages 5 & Up: Celebrate the relaunch of Girls of Excellence Mentoring (G.E.M.), a program that helps girls learn how to address difficult situations, develop leadership skills, and become role models for their peers. Executive Director Tante Vaugh will explain her own struggles with bullying, how those struggles led to the G.E.M. program, and the mission that drives her organization. 

Teenagers Walking With Arms Around Each Other's Shoulders
Main Library
Teen Space
Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm

Ages 12-19: Do you want to impact what you see at the Library? As a Teen Advisory Board member, you can plan incredible programs, implement popular trends, and serve as a positive role model for your peers and community. TAB meets monthly and welcomes all newcomers.

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